Worst Cooks in America

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Worst Cooks in America
GenreReality show
Directed byMichael Pearlman
JudgesAnne Burrell
Beau MacMillan (Season 1)
Robert Irvine (Season 2)
Bobby Flay (Season 3-4)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes29
Production
Executive producer(s)Bob Kirsh
Nicola Moody
Pip Wells
Location(s)Los Angeles, California and New York City, New York
Running time42 Minutes
Production company(s)Optomen Productions, Inc.
Broadcast
Original channelFood Network
Original runJanuary 3, 2010 (2010-01-03) – present
External links
Production website
 
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Worst Cooks in America
GenreReality show
Directed byMichael Pearlman
JudgesAnne Burrell
Beau MacMillan (Season 1)
Robert Irvine (Season 2)
Bobby Flay (Season 3-4)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes29
Production
Executive producer(s)Bob Kirsh
Nicola Moody
Pip Wells
Location(s)Los Angeles, California and New York City, New York
Running time42 Minutes
Production company(s)Optomen Productions, Inc.
Broadcast
Original channelFood Network
Original runJanuary 3, 2010 (2010-01-03) – present
External links
Production website

Worst Cooks in America is a reality competition show on the Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants (referred to as "recruits") with poor cooking skills through an eight-week culinary boot camp, to earn a cash prize of $25,000.[1][2] The recruits are trained on the various basic cooking techniques including: baking, knife skills, temperature, seasoning and preparation. The final challenge is to cook a restaurant quality three-course meal for three food critics.

The show premiered on January 3, 2010. The show was initially hosted by Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan in Season 1. In subsequent seasons, MacMillian was replaced by Robert Irvine and Bobby Flay. Burrell was the winning instructor in seasons 1, 2, and 3 and Flay winning in season 4.

Season 1: 2010[edit]

Chefs Beau MacMillan and Anne Burrell lead an intense culinary boot camp. They have six recruits each, and every week they must eliminate one recruit from each of their teams until there is only one from each team left. The final two create a three course meal to fool a panel of restaurant critics into believing that the meal was created by the acclaimed chefs.

The Recruits[edit]

Twelve chefs competed in the first season of Worst Cooks in America. Hometowns and occupations are available from the Food Network website.[3][4] Chef Anne's team was known as the Red Team and Chef Beau's team was known as the Blue Team.

ContestantAgeHometownOccupationStatus
Rachel Coleman23Brooklyn, NYMarketing Website editorWinner February 1
Jennifer "Jenny" Cross21Philadelphia, PAWaitressRunner-up February 1
Jennifer "Jen" Vecchio38Cumberland, RIDance Studio OwnerEliminated January 31
Eddie Chang32Jersey City, NJIT project manager
Marque Hernandez41Brea, CADirector of Clinical OperationsEliminated January 24
Rebecca Hooper43Sandy, UTSalon Owner
Sophia Gettys27Aurora, COStay-at-home motherEliminated January 17
Susie Shoman53Georgetown, SCGrants administrator and entrepreneur
Kelly LoCascio31Scottsdale, AZCorporate litigation attorneyEliminated January 10
David Summey29Charlotte, NCSalesman
Wilhelmina Josephine29Aliso Viejo, CAInsurance claims adjusterEliminated January 3
Hamed Hamad24North Hollywood, CAJournalist and fashion consultant

Contestant Progress[edit]

ContestantEpisode
123456
Rachel
ININININWINBTMWINWINNER
Jenny
INININ1WININBTMWINRUNNER-UP
Jen
ININWININWINWINOUT
Eddie
BTMWINBTMBTMINWINOUT
Marque
WINWINBTMBTMINOUT
Rebecca
WINBTMINWININOUT
Sophia
INININ1OUT
Susie
INBTMINOUT
Kelly
INOUT
David
BTMOUT
Wilhelmina
OUT
Hamed
OUT

Notes[edit]

1Because Jen won the blind tasting savory crepe challenge, Chef Beau won against Chef Anne and got to swap his worst recruit for Chef Anne's best recruit. He chose Jenny from Chef Anne's team and traded Sophia from his own team.

Key[edit]

     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

Episodes[edit]

Chef Anne and Chef Beau each assigned one another a team of six recruits. The teams are reduced by one each episode during the elimination portion of the show. Each episode typically contains two challenges; a skill drill and a main dish challenge. The skill drill challenge is aimed at showing or teaching the recruits a skill needed for cooking (e.g., teaching them knife skills) and the main dish challenge consists of re-creating a recipe shown by the instructor of the team. Both chefs then judge their teams on their performances in the main dish challenge and eliminate one recruit per team.

Season 2: 2011[edit]

Casting for season 2 of Worst Cooks in America was held at the LA Marriott Burbank Airport, Hotel & Convention Center on March 27, 2010.[5] The Food Network also began accepting online video applications for season 2.[6] Food Network's website announced that Robert Irvine would replace Beau MacMillan for season 2. Season 2 debuted on January 2, 2011.[7] In this season the chefs had eight recruits each.

The Recruits[edit]

ContestantAgeHometownOccupationStatus
Joshie Berger36Brooklyn, NYAttorneyWinner February 20
Georgann "Georg" Coleman38Chicago, ILSpeech pathologistRunner-up February 20
Carlos Manuel28Atlanta, GABankerEliminated February 13
Kelsey Milos22Kings, ILHair stylist
Kat Rose37Newnan, GAStay-at-home motherEliminated February 6
Tyrone "Ty" Miller33Trenton, NJProperty manager
Jennifer "Jen" MacLean43Sparta, NJOperating room nurseEliminated January 30
Kelly Gray32New York City, NYAerobics instructor
Erika Rumsey27Elgin, ILAccount managerEliminated January 23
Anna Altomari44Aliso Viejo, CARN Case manager
Priscilla Harden60Sugar Land, TXRetired teacherEliminated January 16
Matt Crespi24Philadelphia, PAPh.D. Student
Anthony Scinto32Crestwood, ILMechanical engineerEliminated January 9
Jeff Longcor25Somerville, MAEnvironmental contractor
Lina Yu28Arcadia, CAProduction managerEliminated January 2
Eric Ricupero34Quincy, MABar owner

Contestant Progress[edit]

ContestantEpisode
12345678
Joshie
INININWINWINBTMININBTMINWINWINNER
Georg
INWININININWININWINBTMWINWINRUNNER-UP
Carlos
ININWINWINININWINWINWINWINOUT
Kelsey
WINININWINBTMIN1BTMINWININOUT
Kat
WININBTMININBTM1BTMBTMOUT
Ty
ININININBTMININBTMOUT
Jen
INBTMINWININININOUT
Kelly
ININININININWINOUT
Erika
BTMWININWINININOUT
Anna
ININININWININOUT
Priscilla
ININBTMWINOUT
Matt
BTMINWININOUT
Anthony
ININOUT
Jeff
INBTMOUT
Lina
OUT
Eric
OUT

Notes[edit]

1Because Georg won the blind tasting burger challenge, Chef Robert won against Chef Anne and got to swap his worst recruit for Chef Anne's best recruit. So he chose Kelsey from Chef Anne's team and traded Kat from his own team.

Key[edit]

     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

Season 3: 2012[edit]

Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay hosted season 3.[8][9]

The Recruits[edit]

ContestantAgeHometownOccupationStatus
Kelli Powers40Valley Village, CAStay-at-home motherWinner April 1
Vinnie Caligiuri47Jenkintown, PAMortgage brokerRunner-up April 1
Melissa Rhodes28Naples, FLNursing StudentEliminated March 25
David K. Shelton26Pittsburg, TXUnemployed
Tiffany Michelle27Los Angeles, CAPoker player and actressEliminated March 18
Dorothy Strouhal38Cove, TXMake-up artist
Anthony Schiano33Massapequa, NYMechanical engineerEliminated March 11
Benjamin Dennis37Frisco, TXStay-at-home fatherWithdrew March 11
Sean "Bennett" Bennett36New York City, NYAutomotive SpokespersonEliminated March 4
Sarina Weeraprajuk31West Covina, CAWedding photographer
Erica Weidner53Long Beach, NYCourt Reporter StudentEliminated February 26
Robert "Bob" Tamke44Massapequa Park, NYDJ
Sherrill Moss-SolomonNew York City, NYFundraiserEliminated February 19
Rachel Margolin31New York City, NYNight Club Promoter
Richard Chen55Rego Park, NYAttorneyEliminated February 12
Libby Floyd46Eden Prairie, MNShopNBC host [10]

Contestant Progress[edit]

ContestantEpisode
12345678
Kelli
WININININININBTMWINBTMWINWINWINWINWINNER
Vinnie
INWINWININININWININBTMINBTMWINWINRUNNER-UP
Melissa
ININININ1INININWINWININWININOUT
David
INININBTM1ININWINWININWINBTMINOUT
Tiffany
WINININWININBTMBTMINBTMINOUT
Dorothy
ININWININBTMWININWINWINWINOUT
Anthony
INININININININWINOUT
Benjamin
ININININWINWINININWD
Bennett
ININBTMBTMWINBTMOUT
Sarina
BTMINININBTMINOUT
Erica
ININBTMINOUT
Bob
INWINININOUT
Sherrill
INBTMOUT
Rachel
BTMBTMOUT
Richard
OUT
Libby
OUT

Notes[edit]

1Because Tiffany won the blind tasting pizza challenge, Chef Bobby won against Chef Anne and got to swap his worst recruit for Chef Anne's best recruit. So he chose Melissa from Chef Anne's team and traded David from his own team.

Key[edit]

     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.
     (WD) The contestant withdrew from the competition.

Season 4: 2013[edit]

The Recruits[edit]

ContestantAgeHometownOccupationStatus
Alina Bolshakova28Riga, LatviaCaretaker/Actress[11]Winner March 31
Rasheeda Brown30Germantown, MarylandCorrectional OfficerRunner-up March 31
Chet Pourciau40New OrleansInterior DesignerEliminated March 24
Suzanne "Sue" Mangogna42Northport, NYSingle Mother
Carla Johnson47Long Beach, CAAlcohol & Drug CounselorEliminated March 17
Michael Haydin25Rye Brook, NYAccountant
Carrie Lee Riggins32Carmel, NYBallerina/Actress[12]Eliminated March 10
Crystal Lonneberg30Weehawken, NJActress/Artist[13]
Aadip Desai36Sacramento, CAWriter/Musician[14]Eliminated March 3
Alex Stein26Dallas, TXBail Bondsman
Michael "Big Mike" Paul24Thomson, GAWoodworkerEliminated February 24
Robert "Dr. Bob" Schaefer58Pleasant Hill, CAChiropractor
Tim Burger42Novi, MichiganFormer MarineEliminated February 17
Diana De Rosa62Huntington, NYPhotographer

Contestant Progress[edit]

ContestantEpisode
1234567
Alina
BTMWINWININININWINWIN1WININWINWINNER
Rasheeda
ININBTMININWINWINWIN1BTMWINWINRUNNER-UP
Chet
WININININWINWININWINBTMINOUT
Sue
ININWINBTMBTMINBTMINWINWINOUT
Carla
ININBTMWININBTMBTMWINOUT
Michael
WINININBTMWININBTMINOUT
Carrie Lee
ININININBTMINOUT
Crystal
INWININININBTMOUT
Aadip
ININININOUT
Alex
ININININOUT
Mike
INBTMOUT
Bob
BTMBTMOUT
Tim
OUT
Diana
OUT

Notes[edit]

1The blue team won the challenge, but Rasheeda and Alina were chosen by Chef Anne and Chef Bobby as the winners.

Key[edit]

     (WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
     (RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
     (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge and was considered the winner.
     (BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

Season 5: 2014[edit]

Season 5 will premier on Monday, Feb. 17 at 9PM Eastern time. The judges will again be Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay. [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Worst Cooks in America' isn't just a title: They're horrible". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Worst Cooks in America': Worst thing I watched most of last night". Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Worst Cooks in America: Red Team (Chef Anne Burrell)". Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Worst Cooks in America: Blue Team (Chef Beau MacMillan)". Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Scattergood, Amy (2010-03-16). "Casting Calls: Season 2 of Worst Cooks in America Wants You! - Los Angeles Restaurants and Dining - Squid Ink". Blogs.laweekly.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Food Network is looking for HOPELESS HOME COOKS!". Worstcookscasting.wordpress.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Powered by Google Docs". Docs.google.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Superstar Chefs Anne Burrell And Bobby Flay Transform Kitchen-Challenged Contestants In Season Three Of Primetime Competition Series Worst Cooks In America" (pdf). Food Network. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "WORST COOKS IN AMERICA: Season Three – Contestant Overview" (pdf). Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "National Television Host on Shop NBC". Libby Floyd. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "IMDB: Alina Bolshakova". IMDB.com. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  12. ^ "IMDB: Carrie Lee Riggins". IMDB.com. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  13. ^ "IMDB: Crystal Lonneberg". IMDB.com. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  14. ^ "IMDB: Aadip Desai". IMDB.com. Retrieved 1 Mar 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Search for the Best of the Worst — Worst Cooks in America Is Back for Season 5". Food Network. FN Dish – Food Network Blog. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 

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